By Sirnucy Lafiagi
Today is the first of Rajab, 1438 AH. Rajab is the 7th month of the Muslim calendar. The month of Rajab, no doubt is one of the four sacred months mentioned in Qur’an 9:36. (others being Dhul-Qa’dah, Dhul-Hijjah and Muharram). 
The sacredness of the month of Rajab lies in the fact that fighting was made forbidden in it. There is no where in the Qur’an and Sunnah that fasting the month of Rajab, either in part or in full was prescribed. Fasting is an act of Ibaadah that requires clear legislation from the law giver (Allah) through His Messenger (Muhammad, upon him be peace). 
The concept of “awe arúgbó” which sees old people embarking on a marathon fasting (90 consecutive days) from the beginning of Rajab till the end of Ramadan is baseless, unfounded, and completely alien to the true teachings of Islam. The Messenger of Allah (upon him be peace) said:
مَنْ عَمِلَ عَمَلاً ليس عليه أمَرُنا فهو رد
“Whoso performs an act (of worship) for which we have not legislated, it shall be rejected.”
Furthermore, there is no special night in Rajab for which the people are to stand up in worship either individually or in congregation. Do not let anyone deceive you. 
Fasting on Mondays and Thursdays, and 13th, 14th and 15th of the month however continues for whoso desires. In addition, one can also chose to fast on any other day of the month so long as he’s not fasting all the month or holds the belief that there is any special thing about it. 
We should also not relent efforts on our Qiyaamul layl regularly even if it’s just two units of Salaat. 
Stick to the Sunnah. Bid’ah is a complete waste of time and effort, and a deviation from the path of Islam. 

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